Six Labour Bills to be Introduced in Parliament
The Labour ministry will be introducing six bills in the winter session of Parliament, which begins next month. The bills are related to child labour, provident funds and the labour code. The bills include the Payment of Bonus (Amendment) bill 2015 and the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment bill which have already been passed by the cabinet. Besides this, there are three more bills: Small Factories (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Bill, Labour Code on Wages and Labour code on Industrial relations 2015.
The Labour Code on Wages seeks to amalgamate and simplify provisions of four laws — Minimum Wage Act 1948, Payment of Wages Act 1936, Payment of Bonus Act 1965 and Equal Remuneration Act 1976.
The Employment Provident bill will also get a facelift and will be sent soon to the cabinet for approval.
Curbs Lead to Clashes in J&K, separatists Detained
Parts of Kashmir on Thursday saw clashes between stone-pelting mobs and police as strict restrictions were imposed in view of Muharram and the fourth day ceremony of the trucker Zahid who died in Udhampur attack. Authorities scuttled plans of the separatist leaders to visit Batengoo village in Anantnag to hold condolence meetings for Zahid by putting under house arrest or detaining them, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani of hardline Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of moderate Hurriyat, Shabir Shah of Democratic Freedom Party and Yasin Malik of JKLF. Meanwhile, moderate separatist leader and cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called for sit-in protest on Friday against the teenage trucker’s killing. Zahid was killed after the October 9 petrol bomb attack on a Kashmir-bound truck by a violent mob after cow slaughter rumours.